* Posts by Trevor_Pott

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Microsoft turns the power of FINE PRINT onto enterprise licensing

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Re: There is a BOFH story here somewhere

Microsoft Licensing and moi? I don't know if Lewis would print something with that much swearing in it.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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Re: Excellent news

We're bigger and we're on top. Were this prison, you'd be our bitch.

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Hyperconverged IDC shamans mumble mantras over market

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The number of "missing" companies leads me to ask all sorts of questions. There are a lot of hyperconverged players that simply aren't represented here. Some of them, I am not sure I can agree with the positioning...but then again, I'm looking at it from a "today" standpoint, not a "when the data for this paper was collected" standpoint.

Maxta, for example, has recently upped their game dramatically with an Openstack offering. As far as I am concerned they deserve to be quite a bit more towards a leadership position on the "strategies" side of things.

Ditto Scale Computing; they have stratagic plans in motion that - to be perfectly blunt - I see as superior to Nutanix's plans. And how is VMware's "strategies" so low compared to Nutanix/SimpliVity?

Are we counting only those strategies that are publicly announced? I'd think IDC has access to at least the depth of information I do on the various hyperconverged players. Based on that, I can't understand their positioning for "strategies" at all, unless the information that made up this report is almost a year old.

Now, in that context, this makes perfect sense. This is a great representation of the state of the hyperconverged market circa January 2014. But the hyperconverged market circa 2015 looks a hell of a lot different, at least from the positioning of the "strategies" portion of that equation.

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Re: "right to freedom of expression"

"The closest thing we have to "God-given" rights are those enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights...which only apply to you if your Government has agreed to abide by them."

The UDHR applies to all people, whether or not their governments have signed it. It is the duty of the signatories to use whatever means possible to ensure all humans everywhere have these rights, regardless of what their governments happen to feel about the topic.

That requires no god, nor any government. It is a universal ethical obligation. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance; those of us who are free may be called upon to lay down our lives to protect and/or ensure the freedom of others.

Governments that recognize the UDHR and try to abide by it are merely protecting their own power. Without such commitment, they will be removed from power, eventually, and replaced with individuals more capable of supporting the universal rights of the people they serve.

Governments serve. The people rule. No other configuration is to be tolerated.

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Re: "right to freedom of expression" @Doug S

"It's called Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights"

The same human rights convention that your most prominent politicians are trying desperately to get the UK out of?

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US kills EU watchdog's probe into EU cops sharing EU citizens' data

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Re: @veti

"You think if the CIA comes across evidence that someone is plotting a coup d'etat in, say, Spain, they wouldn't communicate that, PDQ, to the Spanish government?"

No, they wouldn't. The Americans have been spectacularly unable to stop people from committing horrific crimes on their own soil, even when the Russians flat out told them shit was going to go down. How in the metric monkey fuck do you think those thundering chowderheads are going to A) know something is going on in a part of they world they barely acknowledge exists and B) manage to communicate that using some form of language that will be understood by people who have advanced beyond smearing crushed up flowers on cave walls?

Americans don't care about their own people. What makes you think that for a second they care about anyone else?

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Re: No point in kicking a dead dog.

"Do you realize what the Brits had done to try and combat the IRA?"

Fostered a national culture of fear, paranoia and universal surveillance that is culminating in public cries by powerful politicians to scrap human rights legislation as it is inconvenient and gets int eh way of treating everyone as "guilty unless proven innocent"?

That's not something to be proud of, you git.

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Re: No point in kicking a dead dog.

So you're okay with everyone being a terrorist unless proven otherwise?

Should we also weigh people against ducks?

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Anonymous vows to avenge Charlie Hebdo massacre by blitzing jihadist sites

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You realize Elon Musk is from South Africa, eh? And so are a fair number of fairly rich movie stars. Just off the top of my head...

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Re: Limited Hypocrisy? Hypocrisy, Ltd.?

"Does 'Anonymous' know better than GCHQ and the Surete' how to deal with muslim terrorism using the Internet as a vehicle for their probing?"

Fuck yes, without question.

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Euro Parliament: Time to rethink DRIP, other snoop laws

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"Having been raised where I was, I know and have known a quite large number of commando and special forces folks. *None* of them were violent nut jobs. In order to do what they did, they needed the sort of sanguine calm demeanour you describe for the submariner. I guess your old teacher was the exception."

I grew up around SpecOps people too. And I too would describe them as calm. But I would never ascribe to them the demeanor of a submariner, which is far more akin to that of a soldier in a foxhole. A submariner, like a solider in a foxhole, fights for the man to the left of him, and the man to the right of him. This is not at all what motivates the special forces commando. For that, you need a little bit of Firefly:

The Operative: I'm sorry. If your quarry goes to ground, leave no ground to go to. You should have taken my offer. Or did you think none of this was your fault?

Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: I don't murder children.

The Operative: I do. If I have to.

Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Why? Do you even know why they sent you?

The Operative: It's not my place to ask. I believe in something greater than myself. A better world. A world without sin.

Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: So me and mine gotta lay down and die... so you can live in your better world?

The Operative: I'm not going to live there. There's no place for me there... any more than there is for you. Malcolm... I'm a monster.What I do is evil. I have no illusions about it, but it must be done.

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Windows XP beats 8.1 in December market share stats

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Re: Support is impossible

"IMHO the 8.1 haters have simply never used it and are parroting the popular press"

Well, Dave Horn, you're wrong on the internet.

Cheers, from a member of the unpopular press.

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Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

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Re: Rare Earth

Being the only shitball we currently have doesn't make it any less shit.

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Re: Rare Earth

Earth not only isn't rare, it's barely habitable. Look up superhabitability and learn a bit about why Earth is actually kind of shit.

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Electron degenerate matter? Wut? The pressure at the center of the earth isn't remotely that high. It's just a blob of iron, nickle and some radioactives doing the turny woo-woo due to being a liquid, initial rotational speed and some convective forces.

If there were electron degenerate matter at the center of the Earth very shortly thereafter there would be no more Earth.

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Re: If at first you don't succeed....skip sky diving.

Earth is not only not unique, it's only marginally habitable. Maybe you should learn some science. http://www.astrobio.net/news-exclusive/super-habitable-world-may-exist-near-earth/

Earth: it's actually kind of a shit place to live.

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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Re: Major update cockup? @Eponymous Cowherd

@Ragarath what would be the point of calling a UKIP supporter names? It's not like they'd have the intelligence to understand the context. FFS, they support UKIP.

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Marriott: The TRUTH about personal Wi-Fi hotel jam bid

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Re: Dear Marriot

I run a company. It is eGeek Consulting Ltd, a Canadian corporation. We (being the three shareholders whose decisions make up the body public) are greedy. At least when performing our corporate duties. Some would perhaps argue we're not greedy enough (we probably should charge more) others that we are too greedy (they really want us to charge less.) But our goal is to make as much money as reasonably possible. Because we don't want any more student loans. And I want this frakking mortgage gone.

Greed is evil. I get that. But I'm willing to live with being a little evil in order to make the company go. I do try to restrain it all some, but...It's a business. We do get greedy.

So, um...what the hell was so hard about that? Admitting to greed is the first step in placing rational and pragmatic limits on said greed. Prevents expensive facepalming. Seems like good corporate policy to me.

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Microsoft tests waters for cloudy System Center heir

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Man, I hope the "Azure portal" thing is not what they're planning on using. It's probably the only UI Microsoft has that's actually less usable than System Center. And that's freaking hard to do.

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Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

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Glenrothes or GTFO.

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Watch out Seagate: Here comes WD with a hybrid flash/disk drive launch

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Re: Single Volume?

"SATA Express PCIe doesn't allow multiple volumes on one interface"?

Wrong, it does. And WD sells a unit like that today (though for SATA). This is a different unit aimed at a different segment.

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Re: Really, El Reg...

#JeSuisCharlie

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Hey look! Microsoft's workforce isn't all white men

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Re: Mythical

"a girl who is into tech is seen as an oddity. Hopefully this is changing but we need to keep the pressure on to truly change this"

Why? So they can have their spirits eroded by being the modern servitor class? Fantastico. I think you'll find they do far better at hard science than anything IT or engineering related. And - at least in Canada - they dominate such subjects today. Your biologist, geologist, etc are generally women. The IT nerds are simply those can take more beatings and poor morale for longer.

"The reason it gets less attention as an issue is because the fields where men are under-represented are generally lower-paid than the fields where women are under-represented so it seems more "unfair""

Most IT jobs aren't very well paid. But Nurses make pretty good money. (At least in Canada.) The upper range of the "best of the best" in IT is far higher than nurses, but the average salary (once you've lopped off the highest and lowest 5% from each field) absolutely is not.

Women have way more advantages getting into STEM than men do. I just honestly think they're smart enough to not bother...unless they have a real passion for one of the hard sciences. Why we would want anyone to go into IT or engineering is a complete mystery to me. That's a horrible thign to wish on someone.

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Re: Strange Minority

"plenty, until guided away from it at school age toward more "feminine" subjects"

Bullshit. Women are not guided towards more "feminine" subjects at all. They simply make better judgements about what they want to do for a living and realise that IT is a pretty shit way to make money.

As a general rule women don't make good drones. They're independent, they question authority. They work well collectively and the modern woman under no circumstances subordinates herself well. With those characteristics you'll have a miserable time in IT.

If you want to work in IT you need to be a good drone. Capable of solving problems on your own, absorbing knowledge on your own time, but also ready and willing to have every single person in the company - from the CEO to the janitor - walk all over you all day long. You need to be ready to have completely unreasonable stresses and demands put upon you as a matter of course and be required to be subordinate, passive and cater to the egos of everyone.

I know of no woman who would put up with that shit. They have had decades of having their own empowerment drilled into them and if they do choose IT they sure don't last long.

IT is for delta males. Those who have spent a lifetime learning that their position in the hierarchy is at the bottom. Since males are naturally (and here I mean genetically as well as culturally) far more driven to accept - even require - a hierarchical command structure then men who have been taught they are the deltas are far more likely to accept it.

The short version is this: with the exception of the massively specialised positions in our industry IT workers are the modern servitor class. Women have been taught their whole lives never to put themselves in that situation. SO when you do see women in It they tend to be very specialised and very, very good at their jobs.

Good fucking luck convincing women to sign up to be part of the servitor class willingly. I think they rather enjoy working anywhere else...and good on 'em for that.

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Re: If you think you aren't to blame for all of the world's problems..

Whoah. Check your privilege there, bro. There are so many other groups (Google "cis") that you forgot to cast aspersions on. You clearly don't even know enough about the trials of others to even know who to blame!

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Re: So?

"With perfect equal opportunities, the mix would be the same as the mix of eligible applicants."

This is IT. The % mix of elligable applicants is heavily skewed towards white and asian males. Do you honestly think that there are 50% women applying? Or 50% black people? Or whatever ethnicity it is that is supposed to "win" today?

All we have is the current mix. Nobody has posted the % mix of elligable applicants for the entire history of the company, thus allowing us to make rational judgements about not only the current mix of applicants, but the current mix at the time individuals were hired. Senior positions, for example, require senior people.

That your current applicant mix to the company's lowest ranks might have a given diversity formula has no bearing on how the senior leadership should look. By and large senior leadership in IT is white and male (or asian and male) because those are the guys that started the industry, and they're still around. So your most senior people are still going to reflect the imbalance of their times.

If your goal is a "proper" racial/ethnic/gender/lifestyle/whatever mix then you're just going to hamstring your company. The goal should be hiring the best qualified for the job, regardless of any other considerations. And anyone taking anything else into consideration (such as race/gender/etc) should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Checks and balances should exist to ensure they can't take such things into account. That way no biases (either "positive" or "negative", depending on your point of view) can come into play. (In theory. There's always something.)

Of course, if equality isn't your goal, then by all means, string up white males.

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Ugly Microsoft code NUKED Bing and Yahoo! – report

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Re: A code update:

One user or one trillion, the servers needed to index the internet, categorize it and them optimize it such that the most likely/popular searches are cached are many. Bing itself is probably tens of thousands of servers on the back end. Even if you only need a few hundred for the front end.

This is why there aren't eleventy squillion search engines out there. The barrier to entry is huge.

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Sony-blasting Lizard Squad suspects quizzed by UK and Finnish cops

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Re: Once upon a time....

What ethics and morality? Individualis taken to extremes? The demand to control women's vaginas and have every "potential" baby born, but then wash hands of any responsibility for them once they're squeezed out? Maybe we can teach them how waterboarding is okay, or how a great nation is a nation where teachers are told to carry guns to work as a means of protections.

Maybe we can teach about how if you record a song you deserve to have it copywritten forever so that your grandchild^10000 can live off the royalties and nobody can ever make a derivative work (or the work pass into popular culture) without your family making yet more money.

Shall we teach children that rape is what happens to you when you're bad? Seems a commenter above thought that was a great plan. Maybe we can teach them that nations should have massive unsustainable armies, and infrastructure and pork and so forth, but not the taxes to run it. Or that a wealth gap is good and that money will trickle down aaaaaaaany day now.

What should we teach our kids? And who should serve as examples and role models? I'm pretty confused, you see, because it seems to me that there are a lot of people who claim loudly to be "moral" that actually really awful people. So I want a different word for my ethics than the one they claim.

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Re: I always find it horrifying

"rape as part of the deterrence"

Is a fucking war crime.

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Stale pizza, backup BlackBerrys, payroll panic: Sony Pictures mega-hack

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Re: So...

"In my former workplace, it was "Buy your pizza yourself; call me in the morning when the server has been cleaned up, I have an important presentation at 09:00. Too hard? You have only got yourself to blame. Btw. why hasn't the problem with the occasional spam in my mailbox not been fixed yet?""

Get out of my head, Charles!

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NORKS? Pffft. Infosec bods BLAME disgruntled insiders for savage Sony hack

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Re: THe problem with the FBI...

"Anyone who says different is a pinko asswipe limey faggot"

Maybe, but if they want to fuck with us again we'll gladly burn their white house down one more time.

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Re: THe problem with the FBI...

"so that Obama could attack the norks?"

You really think he's that eager to lose another war? Or anyone else in his administration? What kind of gluttons for punishment do these yanks elect?

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

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Everclear. This is a thing that we can buy here at Vulture North. 95% ethanol. There is a bottle of it in front of me. 750ml. That's 710ish (allowing for some evaporation) ml of ethanol. I have pop in various flavours to mix it with. There are juices.

But there is no rum.

Why is the rum gone? Oh, yes...I drank the rum. LONG LIVE THE NIGHT TIME! THE NIGHT TIME IT A{PPPPOIH8ohewwer--------++++++++CARRIER LOST

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome

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Re: It's a mess

If anybody here has never worked with such a person then you have my envy probably are that person.

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Apple and Microsoft backed Rockstar flogs zombie Nortel patents for $900m

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Bullshit of the highest order. Perhaps the greatest example is that high quality software is being produced in countries where you cannot get patents on software.

Innovation will occur regardless. All you're bitching about is the whether or not those already rich can get richer by trying to play for sympathy on the "small inventor in his basement" card. Which is a species that is already nearly extinct in IP-loving 'murica as it is.

Trick down only works when it's trickling down your pants. Otherwise it's just another Randian fallacy.

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Simple middle ground solution: all patents from insolvent companies are handed over to a special holding company that immediately makes them available on a FRAND basis to all comers. The revenue is then devoted (after operating costs) to a pool of money used for grants given to researchers or those looking to attend higher education. No corporate shenanigans allowed, but no abuse allowed either. It strongly encourages everyone to license via FRAND.

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Sony FINGERS DDoS attackers for ruining PlayStation's Xmas

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Re: Wrong side of somebody

forgive

Why? What possible incentive do I have to forgive them? What have they done to earn that forgiveness? Why would I forgive them when they keep compounding the error with further douchiness?

I can - and do - forgive some individuals and companies their failures. We're all human. But after a time a few isolated incidents form a pattern of behavior, and that I don't forgive. There's no rational reason to do so.

If you want forgiveness, earn it.

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Re: Wrong side of somebody

ALMOST A DECADE AGO and it wasn't like it was exactly an earth shatteringly fantastic Linux experience on it.

And? It's not like Sony have changed in that time. They still release an unlimited stream of proprietary formats and refuse to license their stuff reasonably (which results in anyone who buys into their proprietary crap getting screwed when there is no wide adoption and/or Sony jacks the price up.) Sony still are a member of the MAFIAA, urging copyright maximalism at every turn and actively working to prevent any sort of rational compromise.

I could go on and on. The point is: Sony isn't run by "good people". Or even "mediocre people". It's run by bad people. People who aren't satisfied with making good money, they're so greedy they have to put time, effort and money into desperately trying to control everything...and in the end it has not only earned them the ire of many a hacker, but it is is absolutely costing them their business, as customers have been leaving them in droves for years.

Weep for the innocent milled masses who work at Sony, but not for the death of the company, nor the unquestionably evil executives. Their unchecked greed and hubris are what led Sony to this. Compassion and sympathy for the body corporate are unwarranted.

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Devuan rebels hope to deliver Debian fork in 2015

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Re: Trevor...

Everyone, Simon Hobson believes that it is unlikely bordering on impossible to make a Debian fork that is systemd free, so nobody hsould bother trying. He hath spoken.

/me donates another $25.

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@ John Sanders

Marcus Hamilton: Why do you keep fighting? You just signed away your role in the Shanshu. There's nothing in it for you anymore.

Angel: People like you, who don't care about anyone or anything, will never understand the people who do.

Marcus Hamilton: Yeah... but we won't care!

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Perfectly okay with my donation money going towards a laptop for someone who is working on delivering a systemd free Linux distro. That's why the money was sent in. Let's get 'er done.

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Uber apologises for Sydney siege surge pricing SNAFU

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I don't get the issue with this either. Uber have an algorithm that decides to hike up the price to offer the service only to those of increased financial means when there are not enough drivers on the road. The user is advertised well in advance that this will happen, so if you don't like it you don't have to use it.

I don't get the issue with this either. Uber have an algorithm that decides to hike up the price to offer the service only to people from certain areas of the city when there are not enough drivers on the road. The user is advertised well in advance that this will happen, so if you don't like it you don't have to use it.

I don't get the issue with this either. Uber have an algorithm that decides to hike up the price to offer the service only to people who have certain advertising profiles detected from their phones when there are not enough drivers on the road. The user is advertised well in advance that this will happen, so if you don't like it you don't have to use it.

I don't get the issue with this either. Uber have an algorithm that decides to hike up the price to offer the service only to people with certain political search histories when there are not enough drivers on the road. The user is advertised well in advance that this will happen, so if you don't like it you don't have to use it.

I don't get the issue with this either. Uber have an algorithm that decides to hike up the price to offer the service only to white people when there are not enough drivers on the road. The user is advertised well in advance that this will happen, so if you don't like it you don't have to use it.

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Re: it's called supply and demand

"I for one haven't taken a taxi since I discovered Uber. I'd rather walk."

It's so nice that you have that option. Not all of us do. Also: it's so nice to see that you so blatantly support "rich people and those with means first" as opposed to any form of attempt to treat people as equal based on a shared basic humanity. Bank accounts uber alles. May your blade chip and shatter.

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Re: I'm not seeing the issue

Yeah! Fuck the poor! Woo! Rich people first! Fuck yeah, capitalism!

Ass.

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Microsoft patch mashes Office forms and macros

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Mobile first, cloud first

Customers, developers, partners and staff last.

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Microsoft shutters Office 365's free web site service

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Re: Sharepointless

I have one SMB in my stable that uses it to good effect as an intranet. But it's basically a place where one - and only one - person updates the info, for internal dissemination. A Wordpress site would be equally useful...but Sharepoint came free with SBS. :/

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ICANN: The TRUTH about that hacker attack on our DNS zone file database

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Re: El Reg uses two factor authentication?

There are people who value Sony? How odd.

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Armouring up online: Duncan Campbell's chief techie talks crypto with El Reg

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Re: a nice try....

"and the measures one deploys have to be proportionate to the probability and impact of the risk."

The impact of the risk is going to jail for something irrelevant or that you didn't even do because the government has a new automated witch hunt. And the probability increases with every day.

I'm sorry mate, but I can't agree with your take. You still seem to believe that anyone out there should consider themselves below some threshold where they shouldn't have to worry about state actors. I say you can't be more wrong. That whole argument is based on the faulty premise "if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear."

Well sorry to burst your bubble, but if you have nothing to hide you still have everything to fear. We've automated witch hunts int he 21st century. And nobody is safe. Not one single fucking person.

So your only hope of survival as a free/libre individual is to raise the barrier to running you to ground high enough that they target some other poor slob instead.

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HOLD IT! Last minute gifts for one's nerd minions

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Re: Burn, Baby! Burn!

I never got why that was something to "make fun of". Dude's ****ing built for an old fart. So he likes kibitzing about doing wildernessy things. As a Canadian, where the wilderness is a key part of our culture, I wish our politicians were that in tune with the average bloke. Far better than some yutz in a suit who goes everywhere by limo and has never fired a gun.

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Re: Burn, Baby! Burn!

It's such a cool picture. Josh Folland has one in his lab. It's huge and awesome.

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